Tall Ships Festival gets under way

The biggest tall ships event on the Thames for a quarter of a century is getting under way, with about 50 ships in the capital for the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta.

Over the next five days there will be lots to see on the river and also plenty of activities taking place on dry land, too. Today’s events include a parade of traditional Thames Sailing Barges, a spectacular launch performance from a Catalan theatre group at the ORNC and fireworks on the river as tall ships sail by.

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I want to talk about the Greenwich riverside…

I really want to talk about the Greenwich riverside, and perhaps about the industrial past – but, before that to say ‘thank you’ to Rob for this slot, and that it is flattering to be asked to write next after Denise – and of course to wish her the best of luck in her new role in the future.

I should also mention the experience of having been a local councillor – I could write so much on that – and also to say that I know how many desperate issues there are to be addressed in our area.  Most of them – tunnels, supermarkets, roads, housing  – are things taking place because of the development process and – sadly – they are really too much for one old lady ex-councillor to take on.  I’m happy to support other people. But don’t think that because I haven’t mentioned them here that I don’t know or care about them.

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Cruise ships passing Greenwich this week

After a quiet few weeks on the river for big ships up as far as Greenwich, there’s a glut of cruise ship spotting opportunities over the next seven days.

First up is small Norwegian MS GANN, the “wood turning cruise ship” on which young sailors learn the skills  of navigation, deck work, catering and more. She is due to pass Greenwich inbound on her way to her mooring next to HMS Belfast at about 1pm on Tuesday and pass Greenwich outbound at about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

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